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Dr Xiaoteng Terence Liu


Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr. Terence Liu specialises in electrocatalysts and novel materials research with a particular focus on the application in fuel cells, electrolysers, CO2 capture/reduction and waste water treatment.

Terence Liu 2Terence joined the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University as a lecturer after 5 years holding postdoctoral research associate posts in Professor Keith Scott and Professor Paul Christensen’s groups at Newcastle University.

He studied metallurgy engineering from 2001 in Northeastern University, China. During the 3rd year, he was selected to join ‘3+2’ programme and received MEng (Hons) in Materials Science from Queen Mary, University of London. Terence’s PhD project ‘Design of electro-catalysts for direct methanol fuel cells’ was completed under a joint research program between Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (JMTC) and The Open University in 2010. During that time, he worked as a part-time researcher in the catalyst design team in JMTC. 

Campus Address

Room 302
Wynne Jones Building

0191 227 4401


PhD, MEng (Hons), BSc (Hons)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Liu’s research  is mostly focused  on electrocatalysts and novel materials with particular applications in:

  • Fuel Cells
  • Electrolysers
  • CO2 capture and reduction
  • Waste water treatment

Professional Activity

  • Associate member of RSC
  • Member of Society of Chemical Industry
  • Member of International Association for Hydrogen Energy
  • Member of The Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK

Key Publications

  1. Xiaoteng Liu*, Elieen H. Yu and Keith Scott, Preparation and Evaluation of a Highly Stable Palladium Yttrium Platinum Core-shell-shell Structure Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction. Applied catalysis B: Environmental, 2015, 162, 593-601.
  2. Xiaoteng Liu*, Kui Zhang, Jianwei Lu, Kun Luo, Vinod. K Puthiyapura, Jinglong Gong and Keith Scott, Determining the effect of plasma pre-treatment on antimony tin oxide and it supported PtPd as an oxygen reduction reaction catalyst, ChemCatChem, 2015, 7, 1543-1546.
  3. Xiaoteng Liu, Chenxi Xu, Jigui Cheng* and Keith Scott*, A polybenzimidazole/ionic-liquid-graphite-oxide composite membrane for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, Journal of Power Source, 2015, 274, 922-927.
  4. Kun Luo*, Yuanying Mu, Peng Wang and Xiaoteng Liu*, Effect of oxidation degree on the synthesis and adsorption property of magnetite/graphene nanocomposites, Applied Surface Science, 2015, 359, 188-195,
  5. Elijah Chiremba, Teuku Mukhriza, Xiaoteng Liu, Pier Paolo Greco, Kui Zhang*, A Study on CO2 and CH4 Conversion to Synthesis Gas and  Higher Hydrocarbons By the Combination of Catalysts and Dielectric-Barrier Discharges – Applied Catalysis A, 2015, 502, 138.
  6. Xiaoteng Liu*, Xu Wu and Keith Scott, Study of niobium and tantalum doped titania supported Pt electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation reaction and oxygen reduction reaction. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2014, 4, 3891-3898.
  7. Vinod. K Puthiyapura, Sivakumar Pasupathi, Huaneng Su, Xiaoteng Liu, Bruno Pollet and Keith Scott*, Investigation of supported IrO2 as electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction in proton exchange membrane water electrolyser. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, 39, 1905-1913.
  8. Lei Xing, Xiaoteng Liu, Taiwo Alaje, Ravi Kumar, Mohanmod Manlok and Keith Scott*, A two-phase flow and non-isothermal agglomerate model for a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, Energy, 2014, 73,618–634.
  9. Xiaoteng Liu*, Paul A. Christensen, Stephen M. Kelly, Vincent Rocher and Keith Scott, Al2O3 Disk Supported Si3N4 Hydrogen Purification Membrane for Low Temperature    Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells. Membranes, 2013, 3, 406-414.
  10. Challenges and Perspectives of Nanocatalysts in Alcohol-Fuelled Direct Oxidation Fuel Cells.  in Catalysts for Alcohol-Fuelled Direct Oxidation Fuel Cells, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Editon edn., 2012, pp. 227-249. Book chapter.

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